Is your camera smarter than you? Are you confused by all those weird "Av," "Tv" "S", "A" or "P" choices on the mode dial, causing you to take refuge on "Auto?" Are you only using $100 worth of the features on your $800 camera? Are your photos too blurry, dark, or the wrong color? Or do you just want your pictures to be more interesting and artistic?
Learn how to take great pictures BEFORE you go on that expensive trip! And we will teach you how to use your camera IN THE FIELD, not in a classroom! Join our standard Monuments and Memorials workshop, offered Wednesdays and Saturdays, in which the instructor takes you to some of DC’s most popular attractions: White House, Lafayette Park, the Einstein, Lincoln, Korea, and Vietnam Three Servicemen Memorials, and finally to Union Station, where you learn to make all the moving people DISAPPEAR!
Remember, it was Confucius who said: "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do, and I understand." At Washington Photo Safari, we help you "do " and understand!
The instructor begins the Safari with a 45-minute travel photography orientation, giving you basic tips in composition, F-stops and shutter speeds, portraiture, and interior photography. While you are taking pictures, you receive hands-on guidance on how to make those images even better! Advanced and smartphone photographers will appreciate the instructor’s extensive knowledge of the best camera angles in DC. This is suggested as a preliminary course before taking special safaris. Open to any photographers at any skill level with any camera, phone, or tablet. Transportation from site to site is provided by the instructor.
The full day version includes the morning session described above and after lunch in Union Station, goes on to the US Capitol and the Botanic Gardens, to the colorful Adams Morgan entertainment/restaurant district for training in “right-brained” abstract photography, then ends at the magnificent Washington National Cathedral where we teach you how (and how not) to photograph church interiors and some of the most beautiful stained glass windows you will ever see in any church. (Your fee includes a contribution to the Cathedral.)
The "drop you off" will be approximately 5:15 pm at the Tenleytown Metro Station on the Red Line.
Check out our Basic Tips (download pdf here) to get you started.
The Monuments and Memorials safari provides basic instruction on all aspects of travel photography, explains F-stops, shutter speeds, white balance, ISO settings and reviews composition techniques for taking pictures of people and places. Highly rated by customers on Trip Advisor, it is the most popular of all the 140 different photo safari itineraries offered by Washington Photo Safari.
A Recent Review:
"My two daughters (ages 11 and 13 at the time) and I took David's course last summer before a family trip and really enjoyed it. We originally had signed up for a half day but ended up extending to the full day session. We are on vacation now and using the many tips David taught us to take much-improved photos and make the most of our cameras. I would recommend this class for anyone looking to get beyond the "auto" setting on their camera!" ~ Tracy Ballard
E. David Luria is a professional architectural photographer trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson. His work has appeared in over 100 publications, and his images currently appear in the annual calendars of the US Capitol Historical Society, including one on the cover. His Washington Photo Safari program, with a 5-star rating and annual Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor, has trained over 35,000 amateur photographers on 5,200 + photo safaris since 1999.